|Sea-Change: Wivenhoe Remembered
Change: Wivenhoe Remembered was published in October 2006 and is available
from Wivenhoe Bookshop
Here are the names of all
the contributors to the book:
Tony Allcock, born Colchester
1938, came to Wivenhoe in 1959 and runs the Allcock and Stevens electrical
and television shop.
Pat Alston, born Colchester
1949; secretary at Wivenhoe Port.
Andrews, born Reepham, Norfolk 1940, came to
Wivenhoe in 1967. Worked as a railwayman before running the Station Hotel
in Wivenhoe. Today a housepainter and builder.
Annis, born 1917 into an old Wivenhoe family.
Shop assistant in Wivenhoe.
Ashworth, born Luton 1938, came to Wivenhoe 1973
as Professor of Biology at Essex University, Chief Scientist to the
Cabinet Office and Chairman of the British Library.
born Colchester, 1930, moved to Wivenhoe in
1936. Teacher and cricketer.
Baines, born Kenilworth 1936. Librarian at Essex
University, Secretary of Wivenhoe Society and Town Councillor.
Baker, born Colchester 1923, came to Wivenhoe in
1935. Farm worker, steward at
Barnard, born c.1953. Moved to Wivenhoe in 1974
after finishing degree at Essex University. Teacher and then filming work
on boats. Very active in sailing club. [Also interviewed re Ernie Turner].
Barrell, born Fingringhoe c1895, arrived
Wivenhoe aged 18 months. Member of a farming and maritime family, spending
childhood on Wivenhoe Quay. [interviewed by Diana Gittins c1975].
Barton, born Colchester 1946, came to Wivenhoe
1951. Coach driver for Cedrics from 1977.
Kirby Cross, 1940. Co-founder of Wivenhoe Bookshop in 1976.
Berg, born Salford 1917, came to Wivenhoe 1985.
Writer and political activist.
Bielecka, born Criccieth, N. Wales 1945,
daughter of a seaman. Came to Wivenhoe 1975.
Social worker, now artist.
born Norfolk, 1946, came to Wivenhoe 1972. Worked in computing, became a Methodist lay preacher.
Bines, born Colchester 1934.
Worked at Cook's shipyard 1950-1986.
Blackwood, born Wivenhoe 1928. Daughter of a
yachtsman, became a teacher and a pioneer woman sailor.
Bowes, born at Ballast Quay Farm, Wivenhoe,
1936. Took over farm from
father in the 1960s.
Bowes, born Colchester 1938. Farmer’s wife at
Ballast Quay Farm.
Bowes, born Colchester, 1960, son of John Bowes
and grandson of Ernie Vince. Fisherman.
Buckle, born Suffolk 1933, came to Wivenhoe
1935; father head horseman on Wivenhoe Park Estate. Worked on the Estate
from 1947, rising to be foreman.
Burrows, born 1940 and Jean
Burrows came to Wivenhoe 1986 and ran the Post
Office at the Cross for 20 years.
Butler, born London and came to Wivenhoe 1936.
Son of Joan Hickson. Local journalist and historian, first secretary of
Wivenhoe Society from 1966. Moved to Oxfordshire 1977.
Button, born Glasgow 1947, came to Wivenhoe
1974. Teacher at Broomgrove
School since 1979.
Chopping, born Colchester 1917, moved to
Wivenhoe 1945 with Dennis Wirth-Miller.
Pioneer of artists’ community in Wivenhoe.
Cocks, born West Mersea 1952, Colchester
publisher. Yachtsman, active
member of Wivenhoe
and Rowhedge Yacht Owners’ Association.
Coventry, born Essex 1937, came to
Wivenhoe in 1972. Active
Craze, born London, 1947, teacher. Former Mayor
of Wivenhoe, keen collector especially of Wivenhoe postcards.
born 1939, came to Wivenhoe 1954. Artist; wife of potter John Dan;
involved with Arts Club.
Denham, born Wivenhoe 1935.
Teacher, sailor and ornithologist.
Dodds, born Brightlingsea, 1957, moved to
Wivenhoe 1995. Son of an
artist, trained as shipwright before going to Art School.
Donohue, born Wivenhoe 1924.
Downes, born 1940, has lived Wivenhoe since
1980. Photography and printer. Since 1992 Warden of Nottage
Douzier, born 1947, ran a hairdressing business
in Wivenhoe High Street. Treasurer of Wivenhoe Congregational Church.
Drinkell, born Wivenhoe 1927. Colchester
auctioneer, keen cricketer, Mason.
and Diane Duffield, Peter,
born Messing 1936, Diane, born Tollesbury 1941.
Came to Wivenhoe 1963; involved with Allotments
Association and Wivenhoe Show.
Durance, born 1947, came to Wivenhoe 1972.
Co-founder of Gilbert and Sullivan Society in 1980. Teacher
Dutton, born at Sunnymede Farm, Wivenhoe 1934.
Took over from father who farmed there from 1931.
Edwardson, born in Southend 1949, came to
Wivenhoe in 1988. Runs Londis
shop in Vine Parade, active role in annual pantomime.
Bill Ellis, born Ilford 1925. City banker, retired to Wivenhoe 1975. Secretary and
Nottage Institute 1977 - 95.
Ellis, born Wivenhoe 1924,
father ran a chandler’s shop. Pat became
Faucheux, born Kent 1923, son of a master
canner, moved to Wivenhoe 1924. Railway
fitter. Secretary of Allotments Association and Wivenhoe Show
1959-76, secretary and groundsman of Cricket Club.
Fenton, born Wivenhoe 1957.
Active in Wivenhoe Sailing Club [Recorded with Regatta Day
Footring came to Wivenhoe 1961. Radio officer on
cross-channel ferries. Involved
with Arts Club.
Forsgate, born Wivenhoe 1929. Teacher. Cricket
Club Secretary 1952 – 69
Frostick, born Chester 1940, came to Wivenhoe.
Hairdressing business in Wivenhoe in 1960s.
Frostick, born Wivenhoe 1938.
Ship’s draughtsman at Rowhedge. Later worked for Marconi and BT;
active member of Wivenhoe Sailing Club
Foster, born Kent 1950, came to Wivenhoe 1974.
Theatre background, involved with various Wivenhoe drama groups including
Players and Youth Theatre.
Gifford, born in South Africa 1927, came to
Wivenhoe 1991, Folk Club activist, teaches guitar.
Girling, born Brightlingsea 1943. Farmer's
daughter, dog breeder and Departmental Secretary of Sociology at
University 1971-2001. Secretary of Colchester Talking Newspaper for the
blind, and international deerhound specialist.
Goldstraw, born Wivenhoe 1921. Family ran dairy
and manned tollgate. Clothing factory worker.
Gooch, born Oxford 1939, married Charles Gooch
1961. Continues to live at Tye Farm on Wivenhoe Park Estate.
Govan, born Wivenhoe 1928.
Grew up at Ballast Quay Farm; later shop worker and British Legion
Green, born Wivenhoe 1930.
Railway mechanic. Involved with Scouting movement for 40 years.
Green, born Wivenhoe 1942. Worked for Cook’s
Shipyard as welder. Part-time fishing skipper.
Green, born 1932 Wivenhoe, started fishing at
15. From 1965 fish and chip shopkeeper, ran business 36 years.
Green, born London 1936, came to Wivenhoe 1978.
Worked in family shop. Involved in Crabbing Competition and charity fund
Green, born Wivenhoe 1934. Fisherman and fish
Green, born Wivenhoe 1938. Kept greengrocers
shop in High Street.
Green, born Wivenhoe 1932. Fisherman and fish
Wivenhoe 1937. Shipyard apprentice, heating engineer. Involved in
air-sea rescue and Sailing Club.
Stephen Hardie, born Bedford 1941.
Rector of Wivenhoe 1976-92. Involved
in Gilbert and Sullivan productions and sailing.
Harding, born Manchester 1923.
Co-founder of Wivenhoe
Bookshop in 1976.
Harvey, born Rowhedge 1950, but family worked in
Wivenhoe shipyard. Has memories of sport in Wivenhoe
Heasman, born 1935, came from Suffolk to
Wivenhoe 1972, working for British Telecom. Active Mason.
and Enid Heslop, born 1936 and 1938, both from
County Durham, moved to Wivenhoe 1963. Bill is an artist and retired
former art teacher.
Hill, born Southend-on-Sea 1950.
Works in City business, came to Wivenhoe in 1972. Active
participant in Town Council, Scout and Guide Association, Engine Shed
Project and many Wivenhoe
Hirst, born Redditch 1953, came to Wivenhoe
1975. Blues and jazz singer, founder-organiser of May Fair.
Hodgson, born West Hartlepool 1923. Manager at
Cook’s Shipyard. Active with Wivenhoe Bowls Club.
[Also recorded with Bowls Club group]
Jackson, born Swindon 1931, came same year to
Wivenhoe. Worked as electrician and for Foreign Office.
Collector of Wivenhoe postcards.
Kerr, born Colchester 1934, soon moved to
Wivenhoe. Physiotherapist. Father
ran butchers’ shops in Colchester and Wivenhoe.
Knappett, born Wivenhoe 1908, daughter of
shipyard riveter. First job picking out sprats on Quay.
Lawrence, born Colchester 1933.
Worked on barges. Sailmaker,
teacher at Nottage.
Lefevre, born 1950, moved Wivenhoe 1974.
Humanities teacher. Works for education in Ethiopia.
Moss, born Stratford 1932, evacuated to Wivenhoe
in war. Active
Newell, born Hertfordshire 1953, moved to
Wivenhoe in 1975. Poet and performer.
Author of The Wild Man
Palmer, born Shropshire 1934, daughter of Dr
William Dean who practised in Wivenhoe from 1935. Mother, Margery Dean was
local councillor and antique dealer.
Palmer, born Chichester 1931, came to Wivenhoe
in 1963 as GP, married Halcyon. Founder member of Wivenhoe Society; enjoys
Plummer, born London 1946, came to Wivenhoe
1975, Sociology Professor at Essex University.
Primm, born Wivenhoe 1920, daughter of shipyard
worker. Worked as tailoress and
in wartime as shipyard carpenter.
Quarrie, born Grimsby 1950s, set up an estate
agency in Wivenhoe in 1988. Town Councillor.
and June Sansom, born in 1919 and 1923, came to
Wivenhoe in 1948. Charles a
shipyard plater, June worked in electrical assembly and later at Essex
Sainty, born Wivenhoe 1930, from local maritime
Scofield, born Wivenhoe 1930. Family in painting
and decorating trade. Worked in housing.
Active with Masons, Bowls and Cricket Clubs. [Also recorded with
Bowls Club group and Masons group]
Skilton, born Wivenhoe 1918. One of thirteen
children; worked for North Sea Canners from age 14; later with husband for
Skilton and West’s transformer business.
Smith, born Wivenhoe 1923. Shipyard engineer
1940s-50s; water engineer 1960s. Active
in Wivenhoe Sailing Club.
Smith, born Colchester 1933, came to Wivenhoe in
1979. Ran Greyhound pub
1980s, active on Wivenhoe Society Committee.
Sparling, born Wivenhoe 1931.
Childhood at Station Hotel. Later Colchester engineer.
Sparrow, born Wivenhoe 1962, grandson of
landlord of Rose and Crown, runs family building business.
Tanahill, born in County Down, Ireland 1959.
Artist, moved to Wivenhoe in 1989.
Taplin, born London 1939, came to Wivenhoe in
Tayler, born Alresford 1922. Moved to Wivenhoe
in 1929. Baker and lorry
Taylor, born in Lancashire 1926, came to
Wivenhoe in 1970. Headteacher Broomgrove School.
Quaker, active in peace movement and overseas charities.
David Thomas, born Warrington 1950. Rector of Wivenhoe since 1992.
Turner, born in Persian Gulf 1945, came to
Wivenhoe 1975. Co-founder of Gilbert and Sullivan Society; keen sailor.
born East London 1945, came to Wivenhoe 1973.
Sociologist, active in Sailing Club, also runs charities for disabled.
Vince, born Elmstead Market 1911, moved to
Wivenhoe 1917. Fisherman, barge and yacht skipper.
Wadley, born Hertfordshire 1946, came to
Wivenhoe 1954. Musical director of St Mary's church. Chartered mechanical
Weatherall, born Pembrokeshire 1937, came to
Wivenhoe in 1957. Worked as baker then electrician.
Weatherall, born East London 1936. Worked at
North Sea Canners and later as library assistant at Essex University.
Bill Webb, born Suffolk 1922, shipyard
draughtsman in Rowhedge and Wivenhoe in 1940s.
Whaley, born Lancashire 1920. His father,
plumber, moved to Wivenhoe 1930 to find work. Carpenter.
Whaley, born Wivenhoe 1931. Writes historical
novels under pen-name Elizabeth Jeffrey.
Wiseman, born Essex 1916. Primary teacher in
Wivenhoe 1938 and 1946.
Wix, born Wivenhoe 1921. Manager/foreman at
Peregrine Worsthorne, born 1923. Journalist.
Involved with Wivenhoe Arts Club.
Yarker, born London 1954. Professional musician,
owner and skipper of ‘Saxonia’ fishing smack.
to thank the following for also giving interviews for the project:
Barrell, born Wivenhoe 1910. Waitress in
Clacton; after 1945 ran Wivenhoe newsagents for 27 years.
Barrell: recorded with Amy Barrell. Born
Wivenhoe 1911. Accountant.
Barton, born Amersham 1928. Moved to Colchester
in Second World War, then Wivenhoe until 1965, then to Walton. School
cook. Re-trained as a potter, creating the Wivenhoe Collection.
Baxter, born London 1975. To South Africa, then
1980 to Wivenhoe. Father taught at Colchester Institute. Performing arts
teacher in Hackney.
Blackwell, born 1934 Oxford. Early 1970s husband
took job in Colchester, and then tenancy of Black Buoy in Wivenhoe.
and Joanna Bornat, Richard born Preston 1944 and
Joanna Crick 1944. Lived in Wivenhoe 1972-8 when Richard Lecture in
Computing at University. Founded Wivenhoe Woodcraft Folk.
Buckle, recorded with Brian Buckle
Busfield, born Moreton-in-Marsh 1940, grew up in
Oxford. Came as research assistant to University in 1965, now Professor of
Carrington, born Wivenhoe 1925. Father was
ferryman. Ran local chemist's with husband for 40 years until 1985.
Peter Chapman, born S. Africa 1927. Directed
medical institute in Kuala Lumpur. Moved to Colchester 1965, doctor at
Essex University 1965-90. Moved to Wivenhoe 1992.
Chaney, born Rowhedge 1917. Landlady of Black
Buoy 1951-7 and Station 1958-79.
Claiborne, born Derbyshire 1932. Sister of Pat
Gale. To America 1948. Second husband Louis Claiborne, Supreme Court
lawyer. Came to Wivenhoe c 1960, Arts Club social secretary.
Cole, born Paris 1924. Came to Wivenhoe 1981,
when husband retired. Teacher. Active in CND campaign against cruise
Cox, born 1940s Became
policeman 1967, working in Wivenhoe from 1972 until retired 1997. Then
Dale, born London 1957. Came to London with
family in 1970. Landlady of Greyhound pub 1990-94.
Davidoff and David Lockwood. Leonore born New
York 1932, studied at LSE, where met David, born Yorkshire 1929. Came to
Wivenhoe 1968, David as Professor of Sociology at University, where
Leonore also later became Research Professor.
Dowden, Came to Wivenhoe as the first student at
Essex University, arriving from Cambridge with his supervisor. Lecturer in
Mathematics Department from 1965, becoming professor. Organist at St
Elliott, Born Wivenhoe 1929. Worked as machinist
at Skiltons and in electrical goods factory.
Frank, born Whitby 1934. Learnt Russian in
National Service, became secondary school teacher in Whitby, then took
degree at Leeds. Joined Government Department 1968 as Russian specialist,
lived in Colchester, where wife Mary became mayor. From 1980s much media
Glover, born Reigate 1952. Office and bank
worker. Has cerebral palsy and discovered Wivenhoe through Jubilee Sailing
Trust. Moved to Wivenhoe to study for degree in 1980. Active
Greenman, check when and where born.
Lecturer at University in Mathematics from 1967, moved to Valley Road
Wivenhoe 1970. Active in local Labour Party.
Harris, born Wivenhoe c 1945 . Childhood
in cottages behind Falcon.
Hatch, born Wivenhoe 1917. Worked on poultry
farm, and as baker. Called up 1940, prison-of-war for three years.
Returned to farm work.
Kemble, born Wivenhoe 1914. Builder and fiuneral
director since 1928, at first for Barrell firm, which he took on from
1962. Built many Wivenhoe houses and buried many Wivenhoe people.
Kimmit, born near Bournemouth 1932. Father in
army, moved a lot. Read Physics in Dublin. Scientific civil service from
1954, until 1964 came to Essex University Physics Department as Senior
Research Office, ending as Research Professor.
Kraft (Lear), born Colchester 1944. Parents
hairdressers. Came to open own hairdressing salon at Wivenhoe Cross 1969,
later in High Street, until retired 2003. Recently town councillor,
Lee, check when and where born. Lecturer
in Mathematics at University from 1966, moved to Valley Road Wivenhoe in
1973/4. Active in local Labour Party.
Lockwood, recorded with Leonore Davidoff.
Long, born Oxford 1918. Librarian at Bodleian.
University Librarian at Essex 1963-78. Moved to Wivenhoe 1978.
Bill Loveless, born Colchester 1921. Father
director of Wivenhoe gravel pit company, moved tio Wivenhoe 1925. Sent to
school in Colchester and then boarding at Framlingham. Lived in
Colchester. After his own marriage returned 1946 to run the pit, until
decided to sell business and become Anglican clergyman in 1970.
McAuley, born Maidstone 1938. Lecturer later
Reader in Economics Department at University, specialising in Soviet
Mainwood, CND activist.
Mallett, born Wivenhoe 1921. Grandfather kept
Wivenhoe waterworks, mother's father Cracknell's bakery. Drawing office at
Paxmans 1939-64; then hardware store in Wivenhoe until 1986.
Moss, born Colne Engaine 1913. Seaman, trained
on Cutty Sark, then on oil tankers until 1931.Moved to Wivenhoe 1936,
started grocery round from own smallholding. 1942-49 in India, various
other military jobs. Driver for Cedrics 1960s.
Noyes, born Brentwood 1945. Moved to Frinton
1949. Secretary at University 1964-2005, from 1966 in Electrical
Paterson, born Blackheath 1927. Came to Wivenhoe
1979, buying Dr Dean's house. Book dealer and literary agent.
Pawsey, born Wivenhoe 1930. Childhood at Ten
Acres. Colchester Grammar School. Joined family business at Hythe,
agricultural merchants and Colchester wharfingers.
Geoff Pearce, Pat born London 1940, Geoff born
London 1937. Geoff self-employed management firm. Came to Wivenhoe 1971.
Pat secretary and teacher at Millfields until 2000.
Pearson, born London 1933. From 1965 Lecturer,
then Professor of Literature at University.
Pleasance, born Wivenhoe 1938. Maritime family.
Hospital secretary in Colchester. Returned to Wivenhoe 1974, five
Poole, born 1957. Army childhood. Student at
University 1978-81, now Casting Director at Covent Garden.
Putt, born 1945, moved to Wivenhoe 1956 when
parents bought Wivenhoe Cross village shop. School in Colchester. Worked
at University 1964-66 as secrretary to site architect.
Quinney, recorded with Harry Hatch.
Scott, born Wivenhoe 1909. Childhood in Park
Hotel. Schooll in Colchester. Worked as secretary at Wivenhoe Labour
Exchange, then at Paxmans. Ran Park Hotel in Second World War.
Sinclair, born Bexhill-on-Sea 1943. Dental
technician, moved to Wivenhoe 1979 and worked for BT until 1993. Active in
Sailing Club, and ferry, and drives community bus.
and Winnie Street, John born Govan 1923, Winnie
born 1922 Wivenhoe. John seaman, met Winnie when ship came to dry dock for
repairs 1944, married and stayed. John worked on barges, then at Paxmans,
Winnie at bakery.
Ridley-Thomas, born London 1958. Came to
Wivenhoe 1982. Actor and hairdresser.
with Alan Tyne].
Wadley, born Wivenhoe 1921. Local childhood.
Worked in Colchester with accounts and munitions in wartime.
Walker, born Glasgow 1941. In university
administration since 1962, including Kampala. Came to work at Essex
University 1971, mainly in Admissions, living in Thorrington.
Webb, born Wivenhoe 1933, Peggy
Elliot’s brother. Bricklayer
Wheeler, born 1918, fostered by Barnardos in
Cambridgeshire. Came to Wivenhoe as soldier 1940, met Peggy, married 1945
and stayed. Worked at gravel pit, and then own concrete block company in
Clifton Terrace; from 1980s builder.
White, born Wivenhoe 1947. Childhood in cottages
behind Falcon. Work
also grateful to the following recorded in groups or in brief recordings
at special Wivenhoe events:
Bowls Club group:
Frank Hodgson, Charles Scofield
Cricket Club group:
Roger Bacon, Mark Britten, Len Drinkell, Paul Evans, Tony Forsgate, Nigel
Philp, Terri Philp
Colne Lodge Freemasons group:
Len Drinkell, Brian Heasman, Alex Paterson, Charles Scofield.
Congregationalist Church group:
Patricia Coventry, Barbara Donohue, Pat Moss
Valley Road group:
Maggie Bernstein, Joyce Grey, Gisela Langsdorff-Barnard, Christine Lee,
Pat Marsden, Janet Turner
Art on the Railings and June
Market brief interviews: Meriel Empson, Steve Ford, Connie Haken,
Bonnie Hill, Julie Howe, Pauline McColl, Graeme Martin, June Mayhew, Joe
Rampling, Kathy Warr, Ginny Waters, Anthony Wells, John Williams
Open Gardens brief interviews:
Michael Anderson, Angela Charnock, Clare Durance, Connie Riley, Sandra
Smith, Richard Sykes, Jan Thurlow, Wayne Ward, Alison Webster, Ray
Crabbing Competition brief
interviews: Chris Barnham, Camille Corti-Georgiou, Sarah
Elmstead, Barry Green, Nina O'Shea, Louise Richards, Frances Richards
Wivenhoe Town Regatta brief
interviews: Libby Armstrong, Nick Baker, Fabian Bush, Andrew
Cocks, Jane Cole, Mike Downes, Shelley Fauchaux, Stan Fenton, Howard
Field, Jean Gale, Bonnie Hill, Jane Nicholas
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